The Top 50 Black Gate Posts in August

The Top 50 Black Gate Posts in August

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Our most popular blog post in July was M. Harold Page’s “Why isn’t Conan a Mary Sue?” Last month continued the Conan love: our top article for August was Bob Byrne’s survey of Tor’s years as a Conan pastiche publisher, including the popular series from Robert Jordan. Above — the first of multiple Jordan omnibus volumes from Tor, The Conan Chronicles (1995, art by Gary Ruddell).

Coming in second was our report on the Hugo Award winners, followed by Dominik Parisien’s announcement of the Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction Kickstarter. Fourth was Fletcher Vredenburgh’s look back at Frank Herbert’s classic Dune.

Rounding out the Top Five was our Future Treasures piece on Grady Hendrix’s upcoming Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of ’70s and ’80s Horror Fiction. Close on its heels was Sean McLachlan’s photo essay on his visit to Minster Lovell Hall in Oxfordshire, England. Ryan Harvey’s obituary for Haruo Nakajima, The Man Who Was Godzilla, was number seven.

Coming in at eight was Violette Malan’s look at modern publishing options, “How Did That Get Published?” Nine was Fletcher’s review of Scott Oden’s new novel A Gathering of Ravens. Wrapping up the list was Jackson Kuhl’s report on the recent controversy surrounding Laurie Forest’s novel The Black Witch.

The complete list of Top Articles for August follows. Below that, I’ve also broken out the most popular overall articles, online fiction, and blog categories for the month.

The Top 50 Black Gate posts in August were:

  1. The Tor Conan: Quality May Vary…
  2. The 2017 Hugo Award Winners
  3. The Strategy Behind Disabled Stories: The What, Why, and How (but Mostly How) of Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction
  4. Dune by Frank Herbert
  5. Future Treasures: Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of ’70s and ’80s Horror Fiction by Grady Hendrix
  6. Visiting Minster Lovell Hall in Oxfordshire, England
  7. Haruo Nakajima (1929–2017): The Man Who Was Godzilla
  8. How Did That Get Published?
  9. A Gathering of Ravens by Scott Oden
  10. Burn the (Black) Witch


  11. The Top 50 Black Gate Posts in July
  12. Lore of the Witch World by Andre Norton
  13. The Complete Carpenter: The Thing (1982)
  14. New Treasures: Graphic Classics Volume 26: Vampire Classics
  15. Researching the Habits of Highly Prolific Authors (and I could use your help!)
  16. Brian Aldiss, August 18, 1925 — August 19, 2017
  17. How to Make Your Academic History Book Approachable to the Educated Lay Reader
  18. The Poison Apple: An Interview with Author Jennifer Brozek
  19. Goth Chick News: The Illuminati Are Coming for Us via Outback Steakhouse
  20. Repent Your Crimes: Marvel’s Black Bolt Series


  21. Playing Child Friendly OneDice Fantasy on the Edge of the World
  22. Future Treasures: The New Voices of Fantasy, edited by Peter S. Beagle and Jacob Weisman
  23. How Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk Immediately Became My Favorite War Movie (With Reservations)
  24. The Public Life of Sherlock Holmes: Solar Pons – The Complete Basil Copper
  25. Mage: The Hero Denied #0 and #1
  26. An Incomparable Voyage Through Dreamland: The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip
  27. Purity of Blood by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
  28. What’s In A Name?
  29. Amazing Stories, July 1964: A Retro-Review
  30. August Short Story Roundup


  31. Literary Wonder & Adventure Podcast: The Golden Age of Science Fiction, Part 1
  32. Galaxy Science Fiction November 1969: A Retro-Review
  33. GenCon 2017, Pt. 1: Fantasy Deck-Building Games
  34. GenCon 2017, Pt. 2: Science Fiction Edition
  35. Heroic Fantasy Quarterly 33 Now Available
  36. Galaxy Science Fiction, November 1953: A Retro-Review
  37. July/August Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Now on Sale
  38. A Glimpse of the Secret Pervert Republic: The Best American Noir of the Century, edited by James Ellroy and Otto Penzler
  39. The Opportunity for Awe: An Interview with Scott Andrews
  40. Urban Fantasies and Robot Westerns: The Novels of C. Robert Cargill


  41. In 500 Words or Less: Nova by Margaret Fortune
  42. John DeNardo on August’s Must-Read Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Books
  43. Until Two Weeks Ago, I Had Never Reread a Novel
  44. Frontier Guard, Robot Ships, and Rascal Traders: Rich Horton on Space Service, edited by Andre Norton
  45. The B&N Sci-fi & Fantasy Blog on the Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Books of August
  46. Goth Chick News: Halloween Fun or Pay-to-Play Sadism – Your Call
  47. >Goth Chick News: Welcome to the Wonderful, Twisted World of Chas Kline
  48. Fantasia 2017, Day 2: Tilting at Ghosts (Tilt, A Ghost Story, and Museum)
  49. Goth Chick News: Chas Kline Makes a Friend… Literally
  50. Fantasia 2017, Day 3, Part 2: Genre Shift (Mohawk)

There were plenty of older articles popular last month as well. The 25 most popular blog posts written before August were:

  1. Death Knight Love Story: WMA meets WTF
  2. Goth Chick News: Samuel L. Jackson Takes On Japanese OVA – Hold On To Your Butts…
  3. “Are You Not Still Entertained?”: Gladiator’s 10-Year Oscar Anniversary
  4. Solitaire Adventure with Victory Point Games
  5. Fantasia Diary 2015, Day 5: Teana: 10000 Years Later, Crimson Whale, and The Shamer’s Daughter
  6. My Fantasia Festival, Days 5 to 7: Cold in July, The Fatal Encounter, and Huntresses
  7. Blowing the Doors Off the Barn: Expanding the Iron Fist Mythos
  8. Living it Large: How Larger Than Life Characters Work
  9. Adventures on Stage: Fantasy Literature’s Missing Link
  10. Why isn’t Conan a Mary Sue?
  11. Heroic Fantasy with the Sharp Edge of Reality: A Review of The Sacred Band by Janet Morris and Chris Morris
  12. The Return of the King (1980)
  13. Eccentric in Retrospect: Helen Simpson’s The Woman on the Beast
  14. Adventures In Gaming: The Temple Of the Sea Gods
  15. Haunt the House: The Music and Art of Will Houlihan
  16. Return to Thieves World in Beyond Sanctuary: The Revised and Expanded Author’s Cut by Janet Morris
  17. No Slimy Monsters, No Princesses: The Bantam Spectra Omnibus Robert Silverberg
  18. New Treasures: The Library of America Publishes Elmore Leonard
  19. Black Gate Nominated for a Hugo Award in a Terrible Ballot
  20. The Series Series: Shieldwall: Barbarians! by M. Harold Page
  21. The IX by Andrew P. Weston
  22. Tribulations Herculean and Tragic: Beyond Wizardwall by Janet Morris
  23. Caught Between Rebels and the Empire’s Blackest Magic: Beyond the Veil: The Revised and Expanded Author’s Cut by Janet Morris
  24. Part Gothic, Part Sword and Sorcery, and Part Horror: Andrew P. Weston’s Hell Bound
  25. Things Your Writing Teacher Never Told You: The Skeleton Matters (Or, Why It’s Not OK to Skip Scenes in Your Third Act)

The Top Black Gate Online Fiction features were:

  1. An excerpt from The Sacred Band by Janet Morris and Chris Morris
  2. Seven Against Hell” by Janet Morris and Chris Morris
  3. An excerpt from Pirates in Hell, edited by Janet Morris and Chris Morris
  4. Goat-Beard the Pirate, Part 2: Evil Angel,” by Janet Morris and Chris Morris
  5. An excerpt from Truck Stop Earth by Michael A. Armstrong
  6. An excerpt from Shards of the Glass Slipper: Queen Cinder by Roy A. Mauritsen
  7. An excerpt from Mouth of the Dragon by Tom Barczak
  8. An excerpt from The Black Fire Concerto by Mike Allen
  9. An Excerpt from Three Ghosts in a Black Pumpkin by Erika M Szabo and Joe Bonadonna
  10. Vestments of Pestilence” by John C. Hocking
  11. The Renunciation of the Crimes of Gharad the Undying” by Alex Kreis
  12. The Sorrowless Thief” by Ryan Harvey
  13. The Trade” by Mark Rigney
  14. Nero Wolfe – Stamped for Murder” by Bob Byrne
  15. An excerpt from “The Hand That Binds” by Michael Livingston
  16. The Whoremaster of Pald” by Harry Connolly
  17. Stand at Duben-Geb” by Ryan Harvey
  18. The first chapter of The Wreck of the Marissa by M Harold Page
  19. Awakening” by Judith Berman
  20. Tsathoggua” by Michael Shea
  21. An excerpt from Soleri by Michael Johnston
  22. An Excerpt from Souldrifter by Garrett Calcaterra
  23. An excerpt from Mad Shadows II by Joe Bonadonna
  24. The Moonstones of Sor Lunarum” by Joe Bonadonna
  25. Iron Joan” by ElizaBeth Gilligan

The top categories last month were:

  1. Editor’s Blog
  2. Blog Entry
  3. Vintage Treasures
  4. Future Treasures
  5. Interviews
  6. Games
  7. Books
  8. Essays
  9. Art
  10. Comics
  11. Goth Chick
  12. Role Playing Games
  13. Fiction
  14. Art of the Genre
  15. Conan
  16. BG Staff
  17. Reviews
  18. Magazines
  19. News
  20. Fashion
  21. Writing
  22. New Treasures
  23. Solitaire Game Reviews
  24. Convention Report
  25. Rich Horton

The Top 50 Black Gate blog posts in July are here, and you can see all 75 posts we made in the month of August here.

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Bob Byrne

I don’t know why I write about anything other than Robert E. Howard…

James McGlothlin

As Thomas Parker said in an earlier post: “I’m working on the algorithm that will guarantee a number one piece. It involves Robert E. Howard, RPG’s, and the Rabid Puppies. Still trying to get the balance right…”

But clearly Bob you’ve shown that REH is a topic sufficient to get the number one spot!

Thomas Parker

Well, writing about Jerry Lewis certainly won’t get you anywhere!

Bob Byrne

Jerry Lewis, Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant – we cover it all here at Black Gate!

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